List of Test cricket records for New Zealand

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Team records[edit]

First Test series wins[edit]

Opponent Year of first Home win Year of first Away win
 Australia 1986 1985
 Bangladesh 2001 2004
 England 1984 1986
 India 1981 No series won as at May 2000
 Pakistan 1985 1969
 South Africa No series won as at May 2011 No series won as at May 2011
 Sri Lanka 1983 1984
 West Indies 1980 2002
 Zimbabwe 1998 1992

First Test match wins[edit]

Opponent Home Away
Venue Year Venue Year
Australia Christchurch 1974 Brisbane 1985
Bangladesh Hamilton 2001 Dhaka 2004
England Basin Reserve Wellington 1978 Headingley Leeds 1983
India Christchurch 1968 Nagpur 1969
Pakistan Auckland 1985 Lahore 1969
Sri Lanka Christchurch 1983 Kandy 1984
South Africa Auckland 2004 Cape Town 1962
West Indies Auckland 1956 Barbados 2002
Zimbabwe Basin Reserve Wellington 1998 Harare 1992

Note that New Zealand's first Test win against Australia was in only the sixth match between the two teams; despite making their Test debut in 1930, they had to wait until 1946 before playing Australia for the first time, and then until 1973 for a second meeting.[1]


Largest wins and losses[edit]

By innings[edit]

NZ Won by an vs Venue Season NZ Lost by an vs Venue Season
Innings and 301 runs Zimbabwe Napier 2011/12 Innings and 324 runs Pakistan Lahore 2002
Innings and 294 runs Zimbabwe Harare 2005 Innings and 322 runs West Indies Wellington 1994/95
Innings and 185 runs Pakistan Hamilton 2000/01 Innings and 222 runs Australia Hobart 1993/94
Innings and 137 runs Bangladesh Wellington 2007/08 Innings and 215 runs England Auckland 1962/63
Innings and 132 runs England Christchurch 1983/84 Innings and 198 runs India Nagpur 2010
Innings and 105 runs West Indies Wellington 1999/00 Innings and 193 runs South Africa Port Elizabeth 2012/13
Innings and 101 runs Bangladesh Chittagong 2004/05 Innings and 187 runs England Leeds 1965

By runs[edit]

NZ Won by vs Venue Season NZ Lost by vs Venue Season
204 runs West Indies Bridgetown 2002 358 runs South Africa Johannesburg 2007–2008
193 runs Sri Lanka Wellington 2014–15 299 runs Pakistan Auckland 2001–2002
190 runs West Indies Auckland 1955–1956 297 runs Australia Auckland 1973–1974
189 runs England Hamilton 2007–2008 272 runs India Auckland 1967–1968
186 runs West Indies Kingston 2013–2014 247 runs England Leeds 2012–2013
177 runs Zimbabwe Harare 1992–1993 241 runs Sri Lanka Napier 1994–1995
167 runs India Nagpur 1969–1970 230 runs England Lord's 1969
167 runs Sri Lanka Colombo 1998 217 runs Sri Lanka Wellington 2006–2007
167 runs Sri Lanka Colombo 2012–2013

By wickets[edit]

NZ Won by vs Venue Season NZ Lost by vs Venue Season
10 Wickets India Christchurch 1989–1990 10 Wickets Pakistan Hyderabad (Sind) 1976
10 Wickets Zimbabwe Wellington 1997–1998 10 Wickets Australia Auckland 1976–1977
10 Wickets India Wellington 2002–2003 10 Wickets Australia Brisbane 1980–1981
10 Wickets West Indies Wellington 2005–2006 10 Wickets West Indies Bridgetown 1985
9 Wickets Australia Wellington 1989–1990 10 Wickets West Indies Kingston 1985
9 Wickets England Lords 1999 10 Wickets West Indies Auckland 1986–1987
9 Wickets West Indies Hamilton 1999–2000 10 Wickets India Hyderabad (Decc) 1988–1989
9 Wickets Bangladesh Dunedin 2007–2008 10 Wickets West Indies Bridgetown 1996
10 Wickets India Hamilton 2008–2009
10 Wickets Australia Wellington 2009–2010
10 Wickets Pakistan Hamilton 2010–2011
10 Wickets Sri Lanka Galle 2012–2013
10 Wickets West Indies Port of Spain 2014–2015

Highest innings totals[edit]

  • 690 vs Pakistan at Sharjah 2014/15
  • 680-8d vs India, in Wellington, 2013/14
  • 671-4 vs Sri Lanka, in Wellington, 1990/91
  • 630-6d vs India, in Mohali, 2003/04
  • 619-9d vs India, in Napier, 2008/09
  • 609-9d vs West Indies, in Dunedin, 2013/14
  • 595 vs South Africa, in Auckland, 2003/04
  • 593-8d vs South Africa, in Cape Town, 2005/06
  • 586-7d vs Sri Lanka, in Dunedin, 1996/97
  • 563-7d vs Pakistan, in Hamilton, 2003/04

Highest fourth innings totals[edit]

To Win To Lose To Draw
324/5 v Pakistan, Christchurch 1993/94 451 v England, Christchurch 2001/02 304/8 v Zimbabwe, Harare 1997/98
317/7 v Bangladesh at Chittagong 2008/09 440 v England, Nottingham 1973 293/8 v Australia, Christchurch 1976/77
278/8 v Pakistan, Dunedin 1984/85 431 v England, Napier 2007/08 275/8 v Zimbabwe, Bulawayo 1996/97

Lowest test innings totals[edit]

Away Home
45 vs South Africa, in Cape Town, in 2013 26 vs England, in Auckland, in 1954–1955†
47 vs England, at Lord's, in 1958 42 vs Australia, in Wellington, in 1945–1946
67 vs England, at Lord's, in 1958 and 1978 54 vs Australia, in Wellington, in 1945–1946

† Lowest completed innings total by any test playing nation


Opposition Following-on[edit]

  • v South Africa at Cape Town 1953/54 – Match Drawn
  • v India at Bombay 1964/65 – Match Drawn
  • v India at Christchurch 1967/68 – NZ Won
  • v Sri Lanka at Christchurch 1982/83 – NZ Won
  • v England at Christchurch 1983/84 – NZ Won
  • v India at Christchurch 1989/90 – NZ Won
  • v Sri Lanka at Dunedin 1996/97 – NZ Won
  • v West Indies at Wellington 1999/00 – NZ Won
  • v Zimbabwe at Harare 2000/01 – NZ Won
  • v Bangladesh at Hamilton 2001/02 – NZ Won
  • v India at Mohali 2003/04 – Match Drawn
  • v Bangladesh at Chittagong 2004/05 – NZ Won
  • v Zimbabwe at Bulawayo 2005/06 – NZ Won
  • v India at Napier 2008/09 – Match Drawn
  • v Zimbabwe at Napier 2011/12 - NZ won
  • v West Indies at Dunedin 2013/14 - Match Drawn
  • v West Indies at Wellington 2013/14 - NZ Won
  • v Sri Lanka at Christchurch 2014/15 - NZ won

Player records[edit]

Most Matches Most Runs Most Wickets Most Catches Most Tests as Captain
Daniel Vettori 113 Stephen Fleming 7172 Richard Hadlee 431 Stephen Fleming 172 Stephen Fleming 80
Stephen Fleming 111 Brendon McCullum 5870 Daniel Vettori 362 Ross Taylor 103 John R. Reid 34
Brendon McCullum 92 Martin Crowe 5444 Chris Martin 233 Martin Crowe 71 Geoff Howarth 30
Richard Hadlee 86 John Wright 5334 Chris Cairns 218 Nathan Astle 70 Daniel Vettori 32
John Wright 82 Nathan Astle 4702 Danny Morrison 160 Jeremy Coney 64 Graham Dowling 19
Nathan Astle 81 Ross Taylor 4631 Tim Southee 136 Daniel Vettori 58 Ken Rutherford 18
Adam Parore 78 Daniel Vettori 4531 Lance Cairns 130 Bryan Young 54 Bevan Congdon 17
Martin Crowe 77 Bevan Congdon 3448 Ewen Chatfield 123 Bevan Congdon 43 Brendon McCullum 21
Chris Martin 71 John R. Reid 3428 Richard Collinge 116 Glenn Turner 42 Martin Crowe 16
Ian Smith 63 Chris Cairns 3320 Bruce Taylor 111 John R. Reid 41 Jeremy Coney 15
Ross Taylor 62 Richard Hadlee 3124 Trent Boult 110 Jeff Crowe 41 Ross Taylor 13
Chris Cairns 62 Craig McMillan 3116 John Bracewell 102 Richard Hadlee 39 Glenn Turner 10
Bevan Congdon 61 Kane Williamson 3034 Dick Motz 100 John Wright 38 Mark Burgess 10
John R. Reid 58 Glenn Turner 2991 Simon Doull 98 Mark Burgess 34 Harry Cave 9
Ken Rutherford 56 Andrew Jones 2922 Dion Nash 93 Hedley Howarth 33 Walter Hadlee 8
Craig McMillan 55 Adam Parore 2792 Shane Bond 87 Kane Williamson 34 Tom Lowry 7

† Still active Test cricketers.

  • Only Allan Border (93) has more tests as captain than Stephen Fleming.

Batting records[edit]

Most runs in an innings[edit]

Most Runs in an innings by batting position[edit]

Position Runs
1 or 2 267 B.A. Young vs Sri Lanka, at Dunedin, 1996/97
3 274* S.P. Fleming vs Sri Lanka, at Colombo, 2003
4 299 M.D.Crowe vs Sri Lanka, at Wellington, 1990/91
5 302 B.B. McCullum vs India, at Wellington, 2013/14
6 174* J.V. Coney vs England, at Wellington, 1983/84
7 185 B.B. McCullum vs Bangladesh, at Hamilton, 2009/10
8 140 D.L. Vettori vs Sri Lanka, at Colombo (SSCG), 2009/10
9 173 I.D.S. Smith vs India, at Auckland, 1989/90
10 83* J.G. Bracewell vs Australia, at Sydney, 1985/86
11 68* R.O. Collinge vs Pakistan, at Auckland,1972/73

Centuries[edit]

Most Centuries On Test Debut 2 Centuries in a Test
17 Martin Crowe 117 John Mills v England 1929/30 101 & 110* Glenn Turner v Australia 1973/74
12 John Wright 105 Bruce Taylor v India 1964/65 122 & 102 Geoff Howarth v England 1977/78
12 Ross Taylor 107 Rodney Redmond v Pakistan 1972/73 122 & 100* Andrew Jones v Sri Lanka 1990/91
11 Nathan Astle 107* Mark Greatbatch v England 1987/88 136 & 110 Peter Fulton v England 2012/13
11 Brendon McCullum 214 Mathew Sinclair v West Indies 1999/00
9 Kane Williamson 104 Lou Vincent v Australia 2001/02
9 Stephen Fleming 107 Scott Styris v West Indies 2001/02
7 Bevan Congdon 131 Kane Williamson v India 2010/11
7 Glenn Turner 171 Hamish Rutherford v England 2012/13
7 Andrew Jones 137* Jimmy Neesham v India 2014 †

† Also the highest score in Test history for a debutant batting at no. 8. Neesham's match aggregate of 170 runs is also a Test record for a debutant batting at no. 8.[2]

Highest batting averages[edit]

Batsman Matches Innings Not Outs Runs Average
Stewie Dempster 10 15 4 723 65.73
Martin Donnelly 7 12 1 582 52.91
John Fulton Reid 19 31 3 1296 46.28
Kane Williamson 39 71 5 3044 45.96
Ross Taylor 62 113 11 4631 45.40
Martin Crowe 77 131 11 5444 45.36
Mark Richardson 38 65 3 2776 44.77
Glenn Turner 41 73 6 2991 44.64
Andrew Jones 39 74 8 2922 44.27

Qualification 12 innings

Highest partnerships for each wicket[edit]

Wicket Total Batsman vs Venue Year
1st 387 Terrence Jarvis / Glenn Turner West Indies Georgetown 1971–1972
2nd 297 Brendon McCullum /Kane Williamson Pakistan Sharjah 2014–2015
3rd 467 Andrew Jones / Martin Crowe Sri Lanka Wellington 1990–1991
4th 271 Ross Taylor / Jesse Ryder India Napier 2008–2009
5th 222 Craig McMillan / Nathan Astle Zimbabwe Wellington 2000–2001
6th † 365* Kane Williamson / BJ Watling Sri Lanka Wellington 2014–2015
7th 225 Chris Cairns / Jacob Oram South Africa Auckland 2003–2004
8th 256 Stephen Fleming / James Franklin South Africa Cape Town 2005–2006
9th 136 Martin Snedden / Ian Smith India Auckland 1989–1990
10th § 151 Brian Hastings / Richard Collinge Pakistan Auckland 1972–1973

† The highest wicket stand for all Test nations.

§ Formerly the highest wicket stand for all Test nations. Equalled by Mushtaq Ahmed & Azhar Mahmood, Pakistan v South Africa, Rawalpindi, 1997/98. Beaten by Phillip Hughes & Ashton Agar, Australia v England, Nottingham, 2013.

Other Notable Partnerships

  • 6th Wicket : 352 B.B. McCullum & B.J. Watling v India at Wellington 2013/14
  • 6th Wicket : 339 M.J. Guptill & B.B. McCullum v Bangladesh at Hamilton 2009/10
  • 1st Wicket : 276 C.S. Dempster & J.E. Mills v England at Wellington 1929/30
  • 3rd Wicket : 262 K.S. Williamson & L.R.P.L. Taylor v Sri Lanka at Colombo 2012/13
  • 8th Wicket : 253 N.J. Astle & A.C. Parore v Australia at Perth 2001/02
  • 6th Wicket : 246* J.J. Crowe & R.J. Hadlee v Sri Lanka at Colombo 1986–1987
  • 4th Wicket : 243 M.J. Horne & N.J.Astle v Zimbabwe at Auckland 1997/98
  • 3rd Wicket : 241 J.G. Wright & M.D. Crowe v West Indies at Wellington 1986/87
  • 2nd Wicket : 241 J.G. Wright & A.H. Jones v England at Wellington 1991/92
  • 4th Wicket : 240 S.P. Fleming & C.D. McMillan v Sri Lanka at Colombo 1997/98
  • 1st Wicket : 231 M.H. Richardson & L. Vincent v India at Mohali 2003/04
  • 4th Wicket : 229 B.E. Congdon & B.F. Hastings v Australia at Wellington 1973/74

Fast scoring[edit]

Fastest 200s Fastest 100s Fastest 50s Most Sixes
153 Balls N.J. Astle v England, Christchurch 2001/02† 74 Balls B.B. McCullum v Sri Lanka, Christchurch 2014/15 29 Balls T.G. Southee v England, Napier 2007/08 11 N. Astle v England, Christchurch 2001/02
186 Balls B.B. McCullum v Pakistan, Sharjah 2014/15 78 Balls B.B. McCullum v Pakistan, Sharjah 2014/15 30 Balls B.B. McCullum v Pakistan, Sharjah 2014/15 11 B.B. McCullum v Pakistan at Sharjah 2014/15
280 Balls B.B. McCullum v India, Auckland 2013/14 81 Balls L.R.P.L Taylor v Australia, Hamilton 2009/10 34 Balls I.D.S. Smith v Pakistan, Faisalabad 1990 and L.R.P.L Taylor v Australia, Hamilton 2009/10 11 B.B. McCullum v Sri Lanka, Christchurch 2014/15

† World Record

Bowling records[edit]

Best bowling in a match[edit]

Ten wickets in a match most times[edit]

Best bowling in an innings[edit]

Five wickets in an innings[edit]

Most Times

On Test Debut

  • 6-168 G.F. Cresswell v England 1949
  • 6-155 A.M. Moir v England 1950/51
  • 5-55 T.G. Southee v England 2007/08†
  • 5-86 B.R. Taylor v India 1964/65‡
  • 5-82 P.J. Wiseman v Sri Lanka 1997/98
  • 5-85 D.A.J. Bracewell v Zimbabwe 2011/12
  • 5-136 M.R. Gillespe v South Africa 2007/08

Twice in a Match

  • 9-52 & 6-71 R.J. Hadlee v Australia 1985/86
  • 5-62 & 7-87 D.L. Vettori v Australia 1999/00
  • 6-70 & 6-100 D.L. Vettori v Bangladesh 2004/05
  • 5-34 & 6-68 R.J. Hadlee v West Indies 1979/80
  • 5-65 & 6-90 R.J. Hadlee v Australia 1985/86
  • 6-76 & 5-93 D.J.Nash v England 1994
  • 6-76 & 5-104 C.S. Martin v South Africa 2003/04
  • 5-73 & 5-29 R.J. Hadlee v Sri Lanka 1983/84
  • 5-109 & 5-67 R.J. Hadlee v Australia 1987/88

†Batting at Number 10, Southee also scored 77* and top scored in the match for NZ. He reached 50 off only 29 balls, which at the time, was NZ's fastest ever test 50 and the sixth fastest test 50 ever.

‡Taylor also scored a century on debut

Hat Tricks[edit]

  • P.J. Petherick v Pakistan at Lahore 1976/77
  • J.E.C. Franklin v Bangladesh at Dhaka 2004/05

Best bowling averages[edit]

Bowler Matches Wickets Runs Average
Jack Cowie 9 45 969 21.53
Richard Hadlee 86 431 9611 22.29
Shane Bond 17 79 1769 22.39
Bruce Taylor 30 111 2953 26.60
Trent Boult 29 110 3013 27.39
Dion Nash 32 93 2649 28.48
Richard Collinge 35 116 3393 29.25

Qualification 9 matches

All rounders' records[edit]

1000 runs and 100 wickets[edit]

Players in bold still active

Matches Runs Bat Ave High Score 100s Wickets Bowl Ave Best Bowl 5WI 10W
Richard Hadlee 86 3124 27.16 151* 2 431 22.29 9/52 36 9
Chris Cairns 62 3320 33.53 158 5 218 29.40 7/27 13 1
Daniel Vettori 112 4516 30.10 140 6 360 34.42 7/87 20 3
John Bracewell 41 1001 20.42 110 1 102 35.81 6/32 5 1
Tim Southee 39 1009 17.70 77* 0 136 30.61 7/64 4 1

Note: The order of the players on this list is determined by: Batting average minus Bowling average. The greater the positive difference, the higher he is on the list.

New Zealand is the only Test playing country to have two players who have achieved the allrounder’s double of 3000 Test runs and 300 Test wickets. The current (2012) list is:

Player Country Runs Wickets
Shane Warne Australia 3154 708
Kapil Dev India 5248 434
Ian Botham England 5200 383
Richard Hadlee New Zealand 3124 431
Imran Khan Pakistan 3807 362
Shaun Pollock South Africa 3781 420
Chaminda Vaas Sri Lanka 3089 355
Daniel Vettori New Zealand 4516 360

A century and 10 wickets in a match[edit]

No New Zealand player has ever achieved this. Only Imran Khan (Pakistan), and Ian Botham (England), have scored a century and taken 10 wickets in the same match.

A century and 5 wickets in an innings in a match[edit]

Bruce Taylor 105 & 5-86 vs India at Calcutta 1964/65 (on his debut)

Two fifties and 5 wickets in an innings in a match[edit]

  • Bevan Congdon 54 & 54 and 5-65 v India at Auckland 1975/76
  • Daniel Vettori 55* & 76 and 5-59 & 4-74 v Bangladesh at Chittagong 2008/09

A fifty and 10 wickets in a match[edit]

  • Richard Hadlee 51 & 17 and 5-34 & 6-68 v West Indies at Dunedin 1979/80
  • Richard Hadlee 54 and 9-52 & 6-71 v Australia at Brisbane 1985/86
  • Richard Hadlee 68 and 6-80 & 4-60 v England at Nottingham 1986
  • Dion Nash 56 and 6-76 & 5-93 v England at Lord's 1994
  • Chris Cairns 72 and 3-73 & 7-27 v West Indies at Hamilton 1999/00
  • Daniel Vettori 0 & 51 and 3-53 & 7-130 v Sri Lanka at Wellington 2006/07
  • Mark Craig 65 and 7-94 & 3-109 v Pakistan at Sharjah 2014/15

A fifty and 5 wickets in an innings in a match[edit]

  • Geoff Rabone 56 and 6-68 & 1-16 v South Africa at Cape Town 1953/54
  • Richard Hadlee 54* & 5 and 5-104 & 0-8 v Pakistan at Auckland 1978/79
  • Richard Hadlee 84 & 11 and 6-53 & 2-99 v England at The Oval 1983
  • Lance Cairns 3 & 64 and 7-143 v England at Wellington 1983/84
  • Richard Hadlee 99 and 3-16 & 5-28 v England at Christchurch 1983/84
  • John Bracewell 52 & 32 and 2-81 & 6-51 v India at Bombay 1988/89
  • Dipak Patel 6 & 58* and 2-81 & 6-50 v Zimbabwe at Harare 1992/93
  • Chris Cairns 12 & 71* and 5-50 & 0-44 v Zimbabwe at Harare 1997/98
  • Chris Cairns 11 & 80 and 5-31 & 1-50 v England at The Oval 1999
  • Chris Cairns 61 & 43 and 5-146 & 1-29 v Australia at Brisbane 2001/02
  • Daniel Vettori 20 & 59 and 5-152 & 1-35 v Australia at Adelaide 2004/05
  • Tim Southee 5 & 77* and 5-55 & 0-84 v England at Napier 2007/08 (on his debut)

Wicketkeeping records[edit]

Most dismissals[edit]

Played Catches Stumpings Total
Adam Parore 78 194 7 201
Brendon McCullum 91 190§ 11 200
Ian Smith 63 168 8 176
Ken Wadsworth 33 92 4 96
BJ Watling 28 93 3 96

§ Not all of McCullum's catches were taken as Wicket Keeper

Most dismissals in a match[edit]

  • 9 Brendan McCullum v Pakistan at Napier (8ct 1st) 2009/10
  • 9 BJ Watling v India at Auckland (all caught) 2014
  • 8 Warren Lees v Sri Lanka at Wellington (all caught) 1983
  • 8 Ian Smith v Sri Lanka at Hamilton (all caught) 1990/91
  • 8 BJ Watling v Weat Indies at Hamilton 2013/14 (all caught)
  • 7 Artie Dick v South Africa at Durban (6ct 1st) 1961/62
  • 7 Roy Harford v India at Wellington (all caught) 1967/68
  • 7 Ian Smith v India at Wellington (all caught) 1980/81
  • 7 Ian Smith v England at Leeds (all caught) 1983
  • 7 Adam Parore v Pakistan at Auckland (all caught) 2000/01
  • 7 Adam Parore v Pakistan at Hamilton (all caught) 2000/01
  • 7 BJ Watling v Sri Lanka at Wellington (6ct 1st) 2014/2015

Most dismissals in an innings[edit]

  • 7 Ian Smith v Sri Lanka at Hamilton (all caught) 1990/91 †
  • 6 BJ Watling v India at Auckland (all caught) 2013/2014
  • 5 Roy Harford v India at Wellington (all caught)1967/68
  • 5 Ken Wadsworth v Pakistan at Auckland (all caught) 1972/73
  • 5 Warren Lees v Sri Lanka at Wellington (all caught) 1982/83
  • 5 Ian Smith v England at Auckland (4ct 1st)1983/84
  • 5 Ian Smith v Sri Lanka at Auckland (all caught)1990/91
  • 5 Adam Parore v England at Auckland (all caught)1991/92
  • 5 Adam Parore v Sri Lanka at Colombo (4ct 1st)1992/93
  • 5 Adam Parore v Zimbabwe at Harare (all caught)2000/01
  • 5 Adam Parore v Pakistan at Auckland (all caught)2000/01
  • 5 Brendan McCullum v West Indies at Napier (all caught) 2008/09
  • 5 Brendan McCullum v Pakistan at Napier (all caught) 2009/10
  • 5 BJ Watling v Sri Lanka at Wellington (4ct 1st) 2014/2015

†(world record held with 3 other players)

Fielding records[edit]

Most catches in a match[edit]

  • 7 Stephen Fleming v Zimbabwe at Harare 1997 (world record held with 4 other players)
  • 6 (3 instances)

Most catches in an innings[edit]

  • 5 Stephen Fleming v Zimbabwe at Harare 1997 (world record held with 4 other players)
  • 4 (6 instances)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cricinfo Statsguru
  2. ^ "Statsguru". Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 February 2014.